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The 2022–2024 FAO Schwarz Fellowships at

Breakthrough Greater Boston

Breakthrough Greater Boston (BTGB) is part of the Breakthrough Collaborative, a national leader in educational equity. Breakthrough empowers educational experiences for traditionally underrepresented students on their path to college and is the largest pre-professional teacher training program in the country.

At Breakthrough Greater Boston, we address educational equity by inspiring excitement for learning, creating paths to college, and promoting careers in education. Breakthrough stands apart from other college access programs in that we offer comprehensive academic support that intervenes early (before 7th grade) and continues for six years. Our Students Teaching Students model features “near-peer” instruction and mentoring. 

Over the past eight years, 94 percent of Breakthrough’s graduating seniors have headed onto college campuses to achieve their dreams of an undergraduate degree. 82 percent of BTGB current students are currently enrolled in college, putting our students on track to far exceed the national college graduation rate of 14 percent for low-income students. In addition, more than 70 percent of Teaching Fellow alumni enter the field of education each year—changing the face of urban education. 

Two Fellowships are available. Both include direct service work with students to support their success in college. Both also include strategic project work— one Fellow will be focusing on in marketing and the other on programs for student alumni and Teaching Fellow alumni. Interested students may indicate a preference during the application process.

About the Fellowship Positions

The FAO Schwarz Fellows will split their time between direct service and strategic project work. One Fellow will focus on marketing and the other on Alumni programs. (If you have a strong preference, please indicate that in your cover letter.)

In addition, Fellows will spend about 10 percent of their time on professional development, cohort gatherings, and their Fellowship role.

Founded in 1992 by MacArthur Genius Awardee Dr. Angela Duckworth, BTGB is a unique organization with a dual mission to 1) prepare low-income students for success in college and 2) train college students to become the next generation of urban teachers.

We hire professional Instructional Coaches and School Counselors and host undergraduate and graduate interns, volunteers, and Program Fellows. More than 150 skilled volunteers per year support the needs of 550 students by serving as Academic Mentors and College Access Coaches.

After 20+ years of success in Cambridge, BTGB expanded to serve Boston and Somerville students, in 2013 and 2018, respectively. In Somerville, we will recruit and add a new cohort of 50 students each year until the campus serves as many as 300 students across six years of programming. Our growth will allow us to serve as many as 900 students and 200 teachers annually in three cities.

In 2018, Breakthrough also launched a pilot of our College Transition and College Success Programs. The potential addition of College Transition and Success Programming in 2022 would mark the most significant programmatic expansion in organizational history by moving from six to as many as 10 years of programming to include the college years.

BTGB has consistently demonstrated that low-income students and students of color can achieve at the highest level when engaged in a culture of high expectations and provided the support necessary to advance academically.

The 550 7th-12th grade students BTGB serve in 2020-2021 across its Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville campuses are particularly high need – 94% are of color, 82% are from low-income families, and 78% will be the first generation in their families to graduate from college.

BTGB’s program has delivered substantial results:

  • Since our founding, BTGB has provided opportunities for over 2,500 students and teachers.

  • In recent years, 94% of our graduating seniors have  matriculated to college and 82% are persisting, putting Breakthrough students on a track to far exceed the national college graduation rate of 14% for low-income students.

  • Our Teacher Training Program also has a proven track record of inspiring careers in education. On average, 75% of alumni continue in the field of education.

  • The effectiveness of BTGB’s program is also evidenced by survey results reflecting our constituents’ satisfaction with the program.


Masks: All staff MUST be masked at all times when indoors regardless of vaccination status. Staff must wear masks that cover their nose and mouth. If a staff member needs to remove their mask, they must do so at least 6 feet away from others or do so outdoors. 

Vaccinations: Breakthrough is mandating that all staff and volunteers be vaccinated; individuals may reach out to BTGB’s Managing Director of Operations if they are unable or unwilling to get vaccinated.
We follow the health and safety plans of our partner schools/districts.


Breakthrough Greater Boston  encourages individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position, and we do not discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law. We celebrate the diversity of our world and our community, and we seek to build a team that reflects that diversity in every way. We welcome and encourage all qualified applicants who share that same vision, as we wish to engage all those who can contribute to our work and this mission.

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Location: Boston
Website:  breakthroughgreaterboston.org
Year founded: 1992
Staff: 20 

"Hosting FAO Schwarz Fellows has energized our team and pushed us to regularly ask ourselves where and how we can continue to learn and grow. Their thoughtful ideas, willingness to innovate, and passion for impacting the world around them has enriched our organization as a whole. "
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Amee Naik
Managing Director of College Access & Success

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How to Apply for the Fellowship

To apply, click the apply button to the right. You will be redirected to the application form where you will be asked to answer a few simple questions. We also request that you upload a résumé and cover letter (PDF). Two Fellowships, each with a slightly different focus, are available.

Please name your files as follows:


In addition, please describe your interest in working at Breakthrough and include your responses to the following questions in your cover letter:

  • How did you learn about the FAO Schwarz Fellowship, and why are you interested in being an FAO Schwarz Fellow?

  • Why are you specifically interested in being the FAO Schwarz Fellow at the Breakthrough Greater Boston? Why does their mission engage you?

  • Do you have a strong preference for one or the other Fellowship roles (marketing or alumni programs)? Do you wish to be considered for only one of these roles?

  • What background and experiences would you bring to the direct service and special project work at this organization?

Applicants must be college seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the two-year Fellowship.


Breakthrough Greater Boston will review each application carefully and select its Fellow by April 29th. Thanks for your interest.

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